The August Bank Holiday saw nine cruise ships berth at Southampton in under 48 hours – involving more than 45,500 passengers.
There were five cruise ships on the Saturday: Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2, 148,528gt, Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas, 158,000gt, P&O Cruises’ Oceana, 77,499gt, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess, 108,806gt, and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch, 28,670gt. They left in the early evening.
On the Sunday, four arrived, the three P&O Cruises vessels, Aurora, 76,152gt, Oriana, 69,153gt, Ventura, 116,000gt, and the Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria, 90,049gt.
Associated British Port’s port director Doug Morrison said: “The addition of our new £19mn Ocean Cruise Terminal enabled us to handle five cruise ships in one day, which is a record for any UK cruise port.”
During that weekend, ABP welcomed 2,200 visitors through the port’s gates on open top buses provided free by the port. Demand was so high that Mr Morrison had to charter a vessel from Blue Funnel to prevent hundreds of tourists from being disappointed.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - November 2009 Issue